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Male Role Attitude Scale (MRAS)

The Male Role Attitude Scale (MRAS) is an 8-item measure of attitudes regarding traditional male gender roles. Items in the scale include the importance of men to demonstrate physical strength, respect from others and domestic duties.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Male

Age Range: Adolescents

Items:

1. It is essential for a guy to get respect from others.
2. A man always deserves the respect of his wife and children.
3. I admire a guy who is totally sure of himself.
4. A guy will lose respect if he talks about his problems.
5. A young man should be physically tough, even if he's not big.
6. It bothers me when a guy acts like a girl.
7. I don't think a husband should have to do housework.
8. Men are always ready for sex.

Response Options:
Disagree a lot - 1
Disagree a little - 2
Agree a little - 3
Agree a lot - 4

Scoring Procedures

Item scores are averaged to create the total scale score. Higher score indicate more traditional attitudes about masculinity.

Original Citation

Pleck, J. H., Sonenstein, F. L., & Ku, L. C. (1994). Attitudes toward male roles among adolescent males: A discriminant validity analysis. Sex Roles, 30(7/8), 481-501. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01420798

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